George Hager

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George Hager
Geo Hager.jpg
Caricature of George Hager, done by one of the members of the Seattle Cartoonists' Club for the club's 1911 book about famous Seattleites.
Born Luther George Hager
March 1885
Indiana
Nationality USA
Education Arts Student League, New York and University of Washington, Seattle
Known for drawing
Notable work(s) The Adventures of the Waddles
Spouse(s) Beatrice Holbrook Dearborn (daughter of Henry Holbrook Dearborn)[1]

George Hager was a Seattle illustrator and editorial cartoonist who worked for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer in the early 20th century.[2] He was the son of another Seattle cartoonist, John Hager, known to his readers as DOK.[2] He is known for being the first illustrator to show the Pike Place Market in Seattle.

1907 cartoon depicting the early Pike Place Market in Seattle.

George also edited children's page for the Christian Science Monitor[2] He studied art at the University of Washington and the Arts Student League in New York, where another Seattle cartoonist, William Charles McNulty taught.[2] He was also a member of the Seattle Cartoonists' Club, and illustrated several of the famous men in the club's book, The Cartoon; A Reference Book of Seattle's Successful Men.[3]

His signature was different from his father's. John Hager signed his DOC, a reference to his nickname that he acquired as a dentist. George Hager signed his Geo Hager.

Comic strip, The Waddles[edit]

Waddles was a duck drawn by George Hager for the Christian Science Monitor in the cartoon strip The Adventures of the Waddles. According to the Seattle Daily Times, Waddles was a continuation of the his father's duck, associated with the weather man.[4] Dok had to discontinue his illustrating when his eyes went, and his children ran the Waddles comic strip.[5] Dok's daughter, Mrs. George Dearborne wrote the rhyming lines to go with the cartoon, while son George Hager did the illustration.[4][5]

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